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#1 futuremrsjimmymac

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    Posted 01 October 2014 - 07:55 AM

    Has anyone played with the idea of bringing their own photographer/videographer? How does that work? Do I pay for their hotel and flight?

    #2 puravida2015

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    Posted 01 October 2014 - 08:20 AM

    Depends on the deal you're able to work out with that photographer / videographer. You'll have to discuss those terms.  Whether you pay for their flight and room and get a discounted package or they pay for their own travel expenses for the opportunity to shoot at a destination wedding. But most will expect you to pay at least a port of their travel costs.

    #3 spjwedding

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    Posted 01 October 2014 - 10:43 AM

    I always figured to have to pay for travel expenses so I didn't even look into it. Would rather find someone who knows the area dn the great "inside" spots to shoot :)

    #4 beckys98

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    Posted 01 October 2014 - 01:17 PM

    My sister brought her photographer to Mexico for her wedding and paid for travel and accommodations for 2 people. Plus the price of the package.

    #5 TAkathy

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      Posted 01 October 2014 - 01:25 PM

      It is also important to check with the property if you are having the ceremony at a location where the package may include the services of a local photographer.  They often have pre-arranged agreements with local vendors and there could be a fee for not using the one they have contracted with.


      In addition, there may be a fee for using an outside vendor - and it may vary depending on whether they are also on the guest list or not (staying at the property vs elsewhere)

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      #6 calgarybride2015

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      Posted 01 October 2014 - 03:57 PM

      At my resort if they stayed more than 3 nights there was no vendor fee.

      I've inquired with a few people in my town and got 3 different answers. Some want their trip paid and work is free. Some want their trip and a spouse paid and work is free. Some want a package paid and they pay their own way. Everyone is different, so you'd have to ask around :)

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      #7 kmk2016

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      Posted 02 October 2014 - 02:44 AM

      Just a word of caution to think about... Even if you aren't exchanging cash (providing room and "board" at an all inclusive for your photographer to shoot your wedding) this is still a transaction in hiring someone to work for you. If your byo photographer is working in Mexico, they are theoretically required to apply for a temporary work permit. Obviously most do not- and never get caught...BUT... I for one would not want to be caught doing something illegal in Mexico (and this qualifies) or be responsible for having a byo photographer detained at the Mexican border because of an arrangement I organized. Not sure how hard it is to get the proper paperwork, but I would add this to your costs as well just to be safe.

      #8 jessicarr

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        Posted 10 October 2014 - 04:54 PM

        My friend couln't find a photogrpaher for her wedding in the Bhamas and flew down her own. She paid for the tick and hotel but for her it was worth it

        #9 malyna

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        Posted 11 October 2014 - 05:27 PM

        I'm bringing my own... We're planning on using the "free room" to help pay for his room

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